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What makes an idea worth sharing?

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 17, 2020
Specifically, what makes an idea worth sharing on this Brainstorming platform?

We previously focused on how to create a session and how to contribute. Now we focus on how to add your idea to the platform.

Using the analogy of a puzzle game - an idea, as posted on our platform, would have the majority of the puzzle pieces in place. There is room for improvement (people adding a few more pieces).

Share an idea if:

  • You came up with it yourself
  • It doesn't already exist in the proposed form
  • It's a new or significantly improved way of doing something
  • You share it open source and don't mind if someone else brings it to life

What you should not post as an idea:
  • This is not a place to advertise an existing project (basically don't do this)
  • Don't post other people's ideas unless you upgraded them significantly
  • Ideas infeasible within the foreseeable future are pointless

Like everything else on the platform, defining what counts as an idea is a collaborative and iterative process. These best practices on how to share an idea should be compatible with our general principles of collaboration.

Please add your suggestions below. I will keep updating this description until we get it right.
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The idea is philosophically intriguing

Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain Oct 17, 2020
For some ideas, especially the ones that directly cannot be translated to actions/businesses/research; it should be guaranteed that the idea is at least exciting in terms of philosophical reasoning and questioning. These kinds of ideas could be deemed as thought-experiments which can lead to many other modes of reasoning and analysing the issue at hand from different perspectives. Furthermore, any idea that cannot be implemented right away in the present time but holds the possibility of being applicable in near/far future can also be included. For example, if we are ever to leave the planet Earth and venture into space, what are the minimum set of social and moral values we should take with us? Or shall we create an entirely new code of social functioning? This kind of abstract ideas/questions might not serve any tangible purpose at this moment, but they hold the promise of being guide-maps to the fate of humanity in years to come.

Apart from this, futuristic ideas (for example how to farm animals in the space?) are also equally worth sharing. We can at least start from a tentative model for such ideas and as real-time progress is achieved over time, we can dynamically edit and update the ideas.
Darko Savic
Darko Savic10 months ago
Agreed. All the examples you mention still fall under the first criterium mentioned above - be useful to many people.

Incomplete ideas are OK

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 17, 2020
Help me formulate this into a single bullet point:

The idea doesn't have to be complete (example). Others can fill in the details and help shape it into something that is viable.

At the same time, it's pointless to post ideas that are unrealistic within the foreseeable future - Example: a device where you click a button and your car turns into a spaceship that can travel at near the speed of light.

How do we define this constraint in a single bullet point?
Antonio Carusillo
Antonio Carusillo10 months ago
- Ideas must be flexible

In my opinion, this contains the necessary conditions that allow for an idea to be further developed by somebody else:

- the Idea is incomplete: if complete there is no need to share with someone cause the idea can work only in that way and not otherwise, rather you share the final product of such idea or ask somebody to put the idea into practice ( "hiring who possesses the know-how )
- the idea can be adapted to different contests, according to who you are sharing you with. If it is a device that allows to breath more easily it may be used both for when a person has to climb a very high mountain or when the person suffers from respiratory conditions or if the person would like to dive underwater. If you think about the concept of the " wheel" it could be used for a lot of different tools
- the idea can be shaped into a more realistic scenario. Maybe it is not possible to turn a car in a spaceship, but with the button, you can change some features of the car that allows it to endure more extreme environments
Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni10 months ago
How about two different points:
1. Incomplete ideas are okay
2. Ideas infeasible within the foreseeable future are pointless

The difference between an idea and a brainstorming session

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 26, 2020
An idea is a known solution for a specific problem. In ensuing debates, we can focus on improving it to maximize its potential.

A brainstorming session describes the problem only. We then try to come up with different solutions and further try to perfect those as shown in this illustration.

Having no time to materialize it

Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Oct 20, 2020
Ideators come across a number of ideas. Some they sell and some they may invest in to convert them into reality. That doesn't stop their brains from generating newer ideas. Sharing them on brainstorming.com will help them find appropriate people who will make it happen.
Darko Savic
Darko Savic10 months ago
Keep your top 3 to work on, donate the rest to people who would appreciate them. That way you free up your schedule, focus where it matters, and help make the world a better place.

To find the right experts to materialize it

Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Oct 20, 2020
People from different walks of life can be found here. Ideators might not necessarily have the expertise to materialize their idea. Sharing such ideas on brainstorming.com will help them find appropriate people who can make them happen.

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